Temple Priest in Rajasthan burned alive: Why #JusticeForBabuPujari trending on social media?

Justic for Babu Pujari

A temple priest was burned alive in Rajasthan, this incident happened in Bokna Village in Sapaotra division of Karauli district of Rajasthan. The priest who was burned alive is Babulal Vaishnav and he was 50 years old at the time of death. It’s alleged that 6 people are involved in this incident who set the priest on fire by pouring petrol on him. This was done to grab the land of temple.

Netizens are angered by this incident and #JusticeForBabuPujari is trending on social media. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media. In the said video, the priest can be seen having burn injuries all over his body as he sat on a hospital bed. He can also be heard crying in pain.

Who is Babulal Vaishnav and why was the priest burned in Rajasthan

Babulal Vaishnav
Babulal was the head priest of the Radhagovind temple in the village. On Thursday, 8th October 2020, six persons who were allegedly trying to encroach upon the temple land and were resisted by the priest, had poured petrol over him and set him on fire. Babulal Vaishnav was admitted in the SMS Hospital in Jaipur in a critical condition and he succombed to his injuries on Friday morning.

The priest had suffered burn injuries all over his body, post which he was admitted to the Burn Department in Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital in Jaipur. However, he succumbed to his injuries later.

In his dying testimony, the Hindu priest had named 6 people for setting him on fire. Although the case falls under the jurisdiction of the Saporta police, they have not arrested any of the accused as so far.

While speaking on the case, prior to the death of the temple priest, local activists narrated how Babulal Vaishnav was set on fire by 6 miscreants. They also pointed out the negligence of the government towards the case.

Here are some of the tweets asking justice for Babulal Vaishnav:

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Chris Noble

Chris Noble

Chris is associate editor focusing on in-depth stories about the cultural and societal impacts of technology. Raised in the UK and Hong Kong, he has worked for the Columbia Journalism Review, Reuters, and the South China Morning Post.

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